In July 2019, I went into hospital to undergo an aortic valve replacement and the procedure was successful. However, early the next morning I developed a serious degree of AV heart block. My pulse rate was only 15 beats per minute at the time. I received shock treatment to start my heart beating regularly and shortly thereafter had an emergency operation to insert a temporary pacemaker. Since I then needed a permanent pacemaker, I went in for a third procedure the following evening.
I had depleted our medical aid benefits on the prosthetic heart valve and as a result, had no more funds to pay for the pacemaker. I had already paid a huge amount of R193 500.00 out of my own pocket for the valve, as the medical aid only paid about a third of the cost. Being an 84-year-old pensioner, this was a big chunk of my savings.
Whilst waiting to go into theatre for my permanent pacemaker, Carine from Biotronik and my Cardiologist said I was not to worry about the cost of the pacemaker, and I was then wheeled into theatre.Read More